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Wage liens: UCC

When filing a wage lien, a worker alleges that their employer hasn't paid wages owed to them. The wage lien places a legal “hold” on property. This assures there are assets available once a court or agency decides that you're owed wages.

File a wage lien

Online

  • Visit the UCC File and Search Online tool.
  • Select File a Financing Statement.
  • Fill out the contact information and select Continue to Filing.
  • Fill out the Debtor/Employer information and select Save Debtor.
  • Fill out the Secured Party/Employee information and click Save Secured Party.
  • Continue to complete the appropriate fields.
  • To file a wage lien, go to "miscellaneous" and select the wage lien option under Alternative Type.
  • Select File Initial Financing Statement.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Print the receipt page and PDF acknowledgement of filing.
    • This will be your record of filing the wage lien along with the filing number.
  • Notify your employer that you filed a wage lien. See below for instructions.

By Mail

  • Download the appropriate UCC filing form(s).
    • Instructions for completing each form are on page 2.
    • Type or laser print on form only. We don’t accept handwritten documents.
  • Fill out the Debtor/Employer’s name and address.
  • Fill out the Secured Party/Employee’s name and address.
  • Fill out the Collateral section.
  • Mail your initial UCC wage lien or amendment with appropriate fees to:

    Uniform Commercial Code
    Department of Licensing
    PO BOX 9660
    Olympia, WA 98507-9660

  • Notify your employer that you filed a wage lien. See below for instructions.

Notify employer of wage lien

When you file a wage lien, you must notify your employer. To this, you must:

  • If you filed online:
    • Print and sign the UCC Wage Lien Financing Statement.
    • Print the acknowledgement.
  • Mail copies of the following via certified mail, with return receipt requested:
    • UCC Wage Lien Financing Statement.
    • UCC Acknowledgement.
      • If you filed by mail, you’ll get a copy once we post the filing to our system.
  • The notice of wage lien to the employer must Include:
    • The claimants (employees) name, address, and phone number.
    • A description of the personal property subject to the wage lien.
    • The name of the property owner.
    • The principal amount being claimed.

Amend a wage lien

Online

  • Visit the UCC File and Search Online tool.
  • Select File an Amendment.
  • Enter Initial financing statement number and click “Verify”.
  • Check one of the following fields for the type of action:
    • Termination to stop or release the filing.
    • Continuation to extend the filing.
    • Party Change to make changes to Debtor/Employer or Secured Party/Employee.
    • Collateral Change to make changes to the collateral pledged.
  • Enter Authorizing Party (optional).
  • Select File Amendment.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Print the receipt page and the PDF acknowledgement of filing.

By mail

  • Download the appropriate UCC amendment form(s).
    • Instructions for completing each form are on page 2.
    • Type or laser print on form only. We don’t accept handwritten documents.
  • Fill out the Debtor/Employer’s name and address.
  • Fill out the Secured Party/Employee’s name and address.
  • Fill out the Collateral section.
  • Mail your initial UCC wage lien or amendment with appropriate fees to:

    Uniform Commercial Code
    Department of Licensing
    PO BOX 9660
    Olympia, WA 98507-9660

How do I contest or stop a wage lien

An employer may contest or stop a wage lien if:

  • Eight months have passed.
  • You as the employer have paid the wage claim.
  • Or
  • You feel the wages are not owed.

Employers must provide the UCC office with a court order signed by a judge. You can get one at a district or superior court.

You will need:

  • The wage lien file number.
  • The name of debtor.
  • The name of secured party.

Send us the court order along with this information to:

Uniform Commercial Code
Department of Licensing
PO BOX 9660
Olympia, WA 98507-9660

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